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February 1960

Clinical Dermatology for Students and Practitioners

AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(2):344. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730020180035

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There has long been debate as to what type of text is best for a medical student, a large encyclopedic text, a compendium, or something in between. The Robinsons obviously favor the compendium type even unto the omission of a reference list, and it is apparent that their views are borne of years of experience in teaching students. The book is in the nature of an enlarged outline of teaching notes supplemented by a liberal sprinkling of tables and charts and wellselected illustrations. After a brief section on fundamentals, the various diseases are defined succinctly, rather than described fully with emphasis on morphologic characteristic, though laboratory findings and references to investigative studies are also mentioned. The presentation is in the orthodox tradition, generally held views rather than personal ones are presented, and the material is current even including a sentence mentioning griseofulvin. No attempt is made to classify diseases other

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